CHARLESTON, S.C. – The day started Friday for many ‘American Idol’ hopefuls before the sun was up.
Thousands arrived at the North Charleston Coliseum at 5 a.m. for a chance to audition in front of the show’s producers.
Each person sings about 15-30 seconds of a song accapella. A golden ticket advances the person to the next round. If it’s a no, a producer will cut off the wristband and the person is asked to leave through the loading dock door at the back of the coliseum.
Sheena Honeycutt made the trip from Monroe with her brother. She was toward the front of the line having arrived at the coliseum at 4:30 a.m. Six hours later Honeycutt walked out of the loading dock door.
“We separated into groups of four,” Honeycutt said of the audition. “There were a lot of good singers in my group and neither one of us made it. They said it’s a no for now, but there’s a lot of talent in the group.”
Around 11 a.m. we caught up with Tori Canter , 17, of Mint Hill. The name may sound familiar. She competed on ‘Minute to Win It’ with her family. She hoped the audition would be her turn to be in the spotlight.
"I didn’t make it through, but that’s not going to break my spirit. I’m going to keep trying,” Canter said.
A jubilant Skylar Noblezada, 16, from Mooresville didn’t get a golden ticket from the producers, but that didn’t get her down.
“I guess I just wasn’t what they were looking for this time, but I’m definitely going to try again next year,” Noblezada said. “I went to Tennessee last year and I tried out and had a blast so that’s why I came back.”
Kasey Sagraves, 15, from Weddington didn’t make it through either.
“I know I’m going to continue singing because it’s what I like to do,” she said.
Logan Holshouser, 16, traveled from Huntersville with her boyfriend and three friends to audition. No one made it through.
“It was great. It was fun. I was nervous, but it was a great experience,” she said.
Sabrina Powell, 15, from Rutherford College didn’t make it through but said she’ll definatley audition again.
Annah King of Gastonia was also turned away.
“It was ok, I got a little nervous so I didn’t push as hard and I wanted to and I didn’t perform at my best,” King said.
Around 1:30 p.m., three hours after the auditions started, we found 18-year-old Drew Beadle from Albemarle. He didn’t make it through.
“It’s definitely knocked me down some,” he said.
Nearly 10,000 people auditioned for the producers and only about 500 people advanced to a second round audition in front of executive producers of the show. Auditions in front of 'American Idol' judges will return to Charleston for those who advance. A date has not been scheduled at this time.